Preparing your Child for Their First Dentist Appointment

Preparing your Child for Their First Dentist Appointment
April 08 16:46 2019 Print This Article

Even if they’ve been going since they were babies, there comes a time when visiting the dentist becomes a little more real to young children. If they’re about to go to the dentist for their first checkup, they might be a little frightened. If you live in the area, look into dentist Broomfield CO. Family dentists are usually especially sensitive to fearful little ones. In the meantime, do what you can to ensure your child will know what to expect.

Read Books

Explaining the dental process using a story can help a nervous little one feel less apprehensive. The bonus is that they can see pictures of equipment so they are not caught off guard at the appointment. Seeing familiar characters using it might make them feel less afraid. Some good ones to read beforehand are:

  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Just Going to the Dentist, by Mercer Mayer
  • Curious George Visits the Dentist, by Margaret and H.A. Rey

Pretend

Playtime is an important building block in shaping young minds. Help your child to overcome their fears by pretending that you are going to the dentist together.

  • Walk through the entire process, from check-in to the free sticker at the end. If you need a refresher on how it works, look up a video of the process.
  • Remember in your play, avoid words that might frighten your child more. Don’t say anything about drills or needles!
  • Focus on the positive aspects of the dentist. It’s good for your teeth! You get a new toothbrush! Try to get your child excited about going and ease any dread.

Help to prepare your child for the first official visit to the dentist by helping them understand what to expect. Having some idea of what’s to come will lessen anxiety and make the process easier.

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Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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